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We gather at the electronic hearth
To attend work meetings
Binge watch movies and concerts
Host read-alongs and tend virtual gardens
Take exams proctored by parents
Meet doctors via telemedicine
Witness speeches by queens and scientists
Presidents and Prime ministers, mayors and governors
Accompanied by remote sign interpreters
Followed by spin from sages of varying skill
Sent from lone home offices
Not daring studio audiences
Reporters spaced six feet apart
Even in the White House rose garden
Inundated 24/7, hopefully not 365
Each night a masquerade
With gloves required attire
This the new normal
Social distancing means
Crossing the street to avoid your neighbor
Porch-bound happy hour
Sing thanks to first responders
Clang praise for nurses and doctors
Stock and delivery clerks
Drive through everything
While parents and kids in cramped houses
Leave elders alone for their own safety
School’s out ‘til summer, no Fall
Some colleges ‘til New Year 2021
Feels like forever
Every day we learn to face reality
The only way to survive will be to wait
Patiently together

Maria DePaul is a Washington, DC-based writer whose work is
featured or forthcoming in various publications, including
Wax Poetry and Art.

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Previously published in
Eleventh Transmission:
"The COVID-19 Blues in 4:4 Time" by Kevan Taplin.

Published June 29, 2020

45 Poems of Protest: The Pandemic


by Maria DePaul
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